By Yohana Desta. Photos: Getty Images.
There is nothing J.K. Rowling loves more than adding new fodder to the Harry Potter canon—revealing new plot details on social media, addressing various fan theories about whether Albus Dumbledore is gay (he is), or Draco Malfoy is secretly a werewolf (he isn’t). Now the author is making some tweaks in a more official capacity, adding new details to the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—the original 2001 book, not the movie that came out last fall.
Now that the movie franchise, starring Eddie Redmayne as famous magizoologist Newt Scamander, has kicked off, Rowling has added some fresh details to a recently published new edition of the book, hinting at plot points we may see in the upcoming films. One of the most important changes, analyzed in-depth by Hypable, is that Scamander may have done some undercover work for Dumbledore himself. The latest edition of Fantastic Beasts on paper features gossipy journalist Rita Skeeter reporting that Scamander was a spy who merely “used Magizoology as a ‘cover’ to infiltrate the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) in 1926.”
“This, as anyone who lived through the 1920s will know, is an absurd claim,” Scamander retorts in the book. “No undercover wizard would have chosen to pose as a Magizoologist at that period.”
Sure, Scamander. Whatever you say. Wink wink, nudge nudge.
Speaking of working with Dumbledore, Scamander also says in the book that he was quite close with the famous wizard.
“Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me,” he writes. “More than this I cannot say without fear of breaching the Official Magical Secrets Act or, more importantly, the confidences that Dumbledore, most private of men, placed in me.”
We already know that young Dumbledore will be appearing in the next Beasts film, so audiences will likely get to see this special relationship that Scamander is hinting at—as well as, perhaps, his newly revealed espionage experience. However, it’ll be a while: the next installment of Fantastic Beasts won’t be released until November 18, 2018. Fear not, though; considering her track record, J.K. Rowling will certainly tweet out plenty of new details before that day arrives.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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